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Whether it is infrastructure projects, transport initiatives or research funding, communities across Scotland have benefitted from European investment over recent decades. It is important that Scotland receives its fair share of EU expenditure and I am working hard on a number of areas to ensure that Scotland gets.

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Cod and Climate Change

19.12.2016.

Last week the EU set the fish quotas for the coming year and I secured passage of a climate change law through the European Parliament’s Environment Committee which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). Two, seemingly unconnected, events. Or were they?

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The Future of Environmental Protection in Europe

06.12.2016.

This morning I chaired an ECR Rural Economy Policy Group meeting on The future of Environmental Protection in Europe.

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Brexit Evidence to Scottish Parliament European Committee

05.12.2016.

Last week I gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee on the implications of Brexit for Scotland.

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EU-Norway fish talks: Norwegian negotiators outfox EU

05.12.2016.

Conservative Fisheries spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has criticised the EU for buckling to Norwegian demands over access to North Sea fisheries.

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Launch of New Direction’s Report - Management of Croatian and Scottish Fisheries - Photos

01.06.2016.

Some photos of the launch of Mike Park's New Direction Report - The Fishing Industries and Relations with Legislators. A comparison between Scotland and Croatia.

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New Scottish Farming Secretary Confirms- Farmers Could Be Charged Interest

27.05.2016.

A letter from Fergus Ewing confirms that farmers could be charged interest on Emergency Scottish Government Loans

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Letter to Commissioner Hogan - My Concerns and Reccomendations on Greening Reform

24.05.2016.

Today I wrote to Farming Commissioner Hogan on my concerns regarding current Greening Requirements faced by Scottish and British farmers and my thoughts on where there can be reform.

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A New Dawn

09.05.2016.

The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party is the official party of opposition in the Scottish Parliament. Let’s start there.

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On the streets of Dumfriesshire with Oliver Mundell, the only local candidate

02.05.2016.

Oliver is the only candidate from the major parties to have grown up in the constituency, so he knows the issues well. He was schooled in Moffat and knows the local issues because he is local.

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Time for Eastwood to turn blue once again?

01.05.2016.

Jackson Carlaw knows Eastwood well. As he says, ‘this is not my first time at the rodeo.’ However, when I joined him last Friday, he couldn’t quite figure out what the Labour Party was up to.

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Campaign Blog - Why have the SNP abandoned fishermen along the Clyde coast?

30.04.2016.

Jamie Greene was clear: he will champion the interest of the fishermen of the Clyde. As he said, ‘Someone has to, since it is clear that the SNP has moved on to ‘greener’ pastures.’

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Backing #TeamRuth - across Scotland

27.04.2016.

We are now only 8 days out from the Scottish election and I am in reflective mood. So some thoughts and lessons from the campaign trail.

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Arbroath Smokies and Canvassing - In Angus with Kirstene Hair

26.04.2016.

Every Saturday morning when I was growing up, the fish van from Arbroath would arrive in Alyth. A queue would quickly form, and if were not near the front your chances of finding Arbroath smokies was slight; smokies always went like hot cakes. My last encounter with the delicacy was during the general election campaign. Out and about in Arbroath I discovered a smoke house down a close. I spent the rest of the morning delivering leaflets with a bag of fish dangling off my elbow.

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On the Campaign (and whisky) trail in Moray

24.04.2016.

The drive from Inverness to Forres takes you through some of the best farmland in Scotland. Fine seed potatoes are grown in Moray. Fine barley too. I always think that barley is best enjoyed in whisky form, and where better to enjoy it than Moray, home to more distilleries than anywhere else on the planet. Macallan, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Aberlour; if you want a fine dram, Moray’s for you!

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Talking Farming (and campaigning) in the Highland Capital

23.04.2016.

Inverness is the most northerly city of the Kingdom, the capital of the Highlands and a tourist mecca. I can attest to the latter; almost a quarter of those I canvassed on the High Street haled from far flung quarters.

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Galloway for the Day

20.04.2016.

Whenever British MEPs foregather, and talk turns to constituencies, every member claims to have the best seat in the UK. Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they? However, Scotland is hard to beat.

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A Spring Day in Shetland

19.04.2016.

Waiting to board the flight to Shetland the air crew told me that there had been snow on the islands before they left. I wasn’t sure whether this was one of those tricks islanders play on unsuspecting mainlanders. As it happened it was absolutely true.

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Conservative MEP demands Cod Fishing Restrictions are Lifted

12.04.2016.

Ian Duncan, MEP for Scotland, will help lead efforts in in the European Parliament to repeal the Cod Recovery Plan. Dr Duncan has been appointed as European Conservative and Reformist 'Shadow Rapporteur', and will push the European Commission to recognise the healthy state of the Cod stocks.

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Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better?

06.04.2016.

Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better? First Published, Press and Journal, 2nd April 2016

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Deep Sea - Déjà vu All Over Again

10.03.2016.

Back in November I wrote an article on the seemingly never ending repetitious discussions around attempts to regulate deep sea fisheries. I titled the piece, ‘Groundhog Day,’ in honour of the movie in which Bill Murray re-lives the same day over and over and over again. Well, I have just dragged myself from the latest meeting of the European Parliament deep sea negotiators, and it's like déjà vu all over again.

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CALLING FOR FISHING AND FARMING VIEWS ON EU REFORM

08.03.2016.

Dr Ian Duncan is asking fishermen and farmers to tell him how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can be reformed as part of the Prime Minister´s renegotiation deal.

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Seafood Fraud – When you ask for haddock, let’s make sure you get haddock”

25.02.2016.

At the end of last year a seafood scandal broke in Brussels. An organisation by the name of Oceana went deep undercover. The organisations operatives gathered DNA samples from 280 fish dishes being offered by Brussels leading restaurants (as well as the canteens of the three EU institutions). The purpose of the investigation was simple: was the fish on the menu actually the fish that arrived on the plate?

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Launch of My Report into Guide Dog User Rights across the EU

19.02.2016.

Alex Johnstone MSP and I visited the Guide Dogs Scotland training centre in Forfar, to highlight my study into access rights for guide dog users across the EU

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UK Boating Laws - All at Sea?

19.02.2016.

Exactly what qualifications are needed to take a pleasure craft to sea? And what safety equipment must such a vessel possess to be considered officially seaworthy? I did some digging. The answer was surprising.

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Commisioner Hogan Responds to Scottish Farm Payment Debacle

11.02.2016.

Commisioner Hogan admits, "I would like to see all farmers, whether in Scotland or elsewhere, paid as quickly as possible."

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Letter to Banffshire Journal - 24th January 2016

04.02.2016.

There are only six Scottish MEP’s, and we can’t always be in the room, but we do have to do our damnedest to ensure that when colleagues represent us at meetings, they do not vote against Scotland’s interests.

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